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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ceremony on 17 May

ITU Award presentation to President Ueli Maurer of Switzerland,
Volkmar Denner of BOSCH and Jean Todt of FIA

Geneva, 14 May 2013 – ITU will present the World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to Mr Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation; Mr Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH; and Mr Jean Todt, President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

The Award is presented in recognition of their leadership and dedication towards promoting ICTs as a means of improving road safety.

The theme, “ICTs and Improving Road Safety” for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2013 is in line with the United Nations “Decade of Action for Road Safety” which dedicates the period 2011-2020 towards improving global road safety.

As many as 1.3 million people die each year in traffic related accidents and another 20-50 million people are injured mainly in developing countries around the world. As a result, Governments and individuals suffer an estimated USD 518 billion in global economic loss.

ITU has been leading worldwide efforts in developing state-of-the-art ICT standards for Intelligent Transport Systems and driver safety that utilize a combination of computers, communications, positioning and automation technologies, including in-car radars for collision avoidance. ITU has also been developing standards for safe user interfaces and communication systems in vehicles as well as optimizing driving performance by eliminating unsafe technology-related distractions while driving.

What:

 

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Theme: ICTs and Improving Road Safety

When:

17 May 2013 at 11 am

Where: 

ITU Popov Hall, Tower Building, Avenue Guiseppe Motta, Geneva

Why: 

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day marks 148th anniversary of the establishment of ITU on 17 May, 1865.

Who:

 

Award ceremony honouring:

  • Mr Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation
  • Mr Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Mr Jean Todt, President, International Automobile Federation (F.I.A.)

Felipe Massa, Ferrari Formula-1 driver, will demonstrate car simulator

On 17 May, ITU and the Fédération Internationale des Automobiles (F.I.A.) will announce a partnership to collaborate on global road safety over the next seven years to raise awareness and highlight the linkages between ICTs and road safety.

Media information:

UN press accreditation is valid. Media accredited to WSIS Forum are invited. All other media, contact ITU Press Office: pressreg@itu.int

Webcast: www.itu.int/en/wtisd/Pages/2013-webcast.aspx

For more information, please see www.itu.int/en/wtisd/Pages/default.aspx or contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
tel +41 22 730 5046
tel +41 79 249 4861
tel sanjay.acharya@itu.int 

 

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